EVRAZ is committed to enhancing occupational and industrial safety, and care for the environment across its operations. It is dedicated to continuously improving HSE management across the Group, which enables the establishment of technologically improved production processes, with a clear system and hierarchy of management and control.
At EVRAZ, health, safety and environment (HSE) are managed at all levels, from the adoption of strategy to issues of operational management. In 2010, the management formed a HSE Committee, which reports to the Board of Directors, to oversee strategy, policy, initiatives and activities in the area. In March 2011, EVRAZ established a new Health, Safety and Environment Policy.
At the executive level, HSE issues are handled by the Management Committee, and a vicepresident of HSE has been appointed to coordinate all activities in the area. At individual enterprises, such issues are considered by the sites’ HSE services, which report to the sites’ management and the vice-president of HSE. Every plant manager is responsible for HSE compliance.
EVRAZ actively participates in the work of the Environmental Policy (EPCO); Technology Policy (TPCO) and Safety and Health (SHCO) Committees of the World Steel Association, as well as the HSE Committees of Russian Steel, a Russia-based non-commercial partnership, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
EVRAZ steel mills and mining operations use substantial amounts of energy and water and involve environmental consequences, such as waste generation, wastewater discharge, air emissions and land contamination.
EVRAZ is committed to further strengthening its environmental management systems, particularly by continuing its ISO 14001 audit programme. Although the Group has no legal obligation to obtain international certification, it currently has nine ISO 14001-certified sites, including its largest facilities, such as EVRAZ NTMK, EVRAZ ZSMK and EVRAZ DMZ.
EVRAZ is undertaking the environmental reviews of its new business activities (projects) on the basis of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). This process involves consultations with local and regional authorities, local businesses and community members. The study provides an evaluation of both the direct and indirect impacts of the new operation on the local community and on the wider environment. The key tasks are to develop mitigation plans to minimise and manage the possible impacts. It also provides a process to ensure that local communities are consulted in decisions we make throughout the life of the project.
EVRAZ supports the health and environmental goals of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, a European Union regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (“REACH”). The Group’s goal is to ensure continued compliance with REACH requirements.
EVRAZ environmental strategy is to seek to minimise the negative impact of its operations and to use natural resources efficiently, while seeking optimal solutions for industrial waste management. Compliance with environmental standards is a major long-term target.In 2012, after determining the key challenges and focus areas, EVRAZ voluntarily adopted five-year environmental targets aimed at:
reducing air emissions by 5%;
decreasing fresh water consumption by 15%;
recycling 100% of non-mining waste
No significant environmental permits or licences were missing or revoked in 2015, and there were no significant environmental incidents at EVRAZ assets.